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Academy Town Square

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town square bob casey 

The Academy’s Town Square series is designed to engage and provide relevant educational content to the public on environmental issues. Town Squares focus on critical global issues in environmental science by featuring prominent thought leaders and their findings on biodiversity, freshwater issues, climate change, and evolution. Environmental advocates, scientists, and community members come together for an opportunity to further their knowledge about environmental and sustainability matters through accurate, real-time scientific information.

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Academy Town Square: Presidential Hair: A Close Shave With History
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

In the early 1800s Peter A. Browne, a Philadelphia lawyer and member of the Academy of Natural Sciences, assembled an extraordinary collection of wool, fur and hair. He hoped, in a pre-Darwinian world, to discover how animals were related to each other and what practical purposes their hair might serve. The remarkable collection, now housed at the Academy, also includes hair from well-known artists, writers, scientists, signers of the Declaration of Independence, and 13 of the first 14 U.S. presidents. Academy Curator of Art and Artifacts and Senior Fellow Robert McCracken Peck has written a new book, Specimens of Hair, on this fascinating subject and will give an illustrated talk at the Academy Town Square. Join us for this free event and get your book signed by the author.


Voting for the Environment

On October 24, the Academy hosted a round-table discussion with key environmental organizations about important issues that affect the local and global environment and how the upcoming election will influence them.

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